Imaging through low-visibility fire smoke for ship-board navigation of robotic fire-fighting systems

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$480,976.00
Award Year:
2014
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N00014-14-C-0065
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
N12A-021-0333
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
N12A-T021
Solicitation Number:
2012.A
Small Business Information
135 E. Ortega Street, Santa Barbara, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
362223463
Principal Investigator:
Bradley Short
Principal Investigator
(805) 966-3331
bshort@asc3d.com
Business Contact:
Roger Stettner
President
(805) 966-3331
rstettner@asc3d.com
Research Institution:
Virginia Tech
Crystal B Moore
1880 Pratt Dr., Ste. 2006
Blacksburg, VA, 24060-
(540) 231-9390
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goals of this Phase II project are to develop a prototype vision system and demonstrate its capability of locating boundaries and obstructions, normally 15 feet away, within one second in scenarios containing smoke from a real fire. This vision system needs to be compact and lightweight. ASC will fabricate and modify a new TigerCub camera and take advantages of its weather resistant ability as well as the replaceable external laser design to accomplish the task. To evaluate the system performance quantitatively and record valuable information for further improvement, there is need to carry out tests in a well-controlled fire lab. ASC will work with Dr. Brian Lattimer at Virginia Tech to control smoke densities, flame size, and water suppression effects during data acquisition. ASC will also develop a calibration procedure to quantify the accuracy because profiling uncertainty levels will be essential for later developments in high-level mapping and path planning algorithms of the robotic firefighting system. Thermal tests for equipment survival in real fire environment are more suitable to be carried out in the subsequent projects after the system accuracy has been verified and achieves the expected goal. The deliverables of this project include a prototype of the testing unit, tailored control/display software installed on a selected laptop, operational manual, status reports and the final report.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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